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The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Series: Books of Ember (2)

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The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town's resources are limited and it isn't long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it's up to Lina and Doon to discover who's behind the vandalism and why, before it's too late.… (more)
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While this was good, I just didn't enjoy it as much as "The City of Embers". I think I had high expectations for this sequel and they just were not met. ( )
  onkristinesshelf | Jun 25, 2022 |
Good second book in the series. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
I loved this even more than City of Ember. Most of the people of Ember have now escaped, and joined Doon and Lina in the outside world. But they have no skills needed to survive, and winter is coming...

One of the things I loved most about this book is how much empathy you feel for everyone. The people of Sparks have really worked so hard to scratch a home in the barren post apocalyptic wilderness, you can just feel how amazingly unfair it is to suddenly have twice as many people to feed, and the new people as inexperienced as children. But you also feel the blazing unfairness of the treatment of the Emberites, given small rations, forced to sleep on the floor in a ruined hotel while the people of Sparks have houses, given all the worst jobs and unfairly blamed for things they didn't do. It's a situation with no easy answers. Even the Bad Folk TM are well motivated - Torren ignored with little love from anyone, even the brother he cares most about, and even Tick, who comes closest to being an Evil Caricature, is trying to work out how to make things better for his people (idiot!)

It is also a book full of hope, but gritty realistic hope. Yes, it might be all doomed, but you work together, against the cold and the hunger and the fire. You tell the truth, because it heals, and you listen to each other. And in the darkest night, the light shines a promise. ( )
  atreic | Jan 3, 2022 |
It was amazing to know what happened to the people of Ember after the first book. I was not disappointed. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
Great exploration of the positive and negative roles of community and leadership, and how quickly the pendulum can swing. Simple enough for the age range, but complicated enough to actually have something to say. If you're reading more than one book in the series, this is worth it. I think it's really a two book series though, the rest have less to recommend. ( )
  sarcher | Jan 1, 2021 |
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Dillon, WendyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction.

- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love," 1963
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Torren was out at the edge of the cabbage field that day, the day the people came.
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The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town's resources are limited and it isn't long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it's up to Lina and Doon to discover who's behind the vandalism and why, before it's too late.

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